Erik ten Hag points finger at Man Utd stars after miserable Champions League exit


Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag pointed the finger at his Red Devils stars after they were knocked out of the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. United went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich as Kingsley Coman scored the only goal of the night 20 minutes before the end.

“We made mistakes,” Ten Hag told TNT Sports after the final whistle. “Some individuals errors from more players. In the end, it’s not good enough.”

The Dutchman then declared that his team had performed well against their German opponents, despite the fact they had just one shot on target all night. “Today the performance was very good and we didn’t deserve to lose but we lost the game,” he added.

“The team did very good, we were very good in defensive organisation, we were very good in pressing. We played against a strong side. Bayern is a good team. We want to be more consistent. Me as a manger, I have to improve the team - I have to guide them and the players have to take responsibility. So we have to do that together.

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“The players gave everything. You saw the spirit. I really have to credit the team a big compliment for the way they worked together as a team against this good Bayern side. When the game is going, you need energy from the bench and the options were limited. The target was always to [reach the knockout stages] over the winter but we didn’t make it. We have to accept it, we have to learn from it. We have to take some good performance into the Premier League if we want to be back again in the Champions League [next season].”

The damage for United had been done long before the visit of Bayern, with the Red Devils picking up just four points from their opening five matches. Ten Hag’s side had been defeated by Bayern in Germany in September and had also suffered defeats at home to Galatasaray and away to Copenhagen in the autumn.

United were lacklustre on the night against Bayern and fell behind after Coman lashed the ball past Andre Onana after latching onto a pass from England captain Harry Kane. And the Red Devils were ultimately unable to find the back of the net at the other end.

United would have exited the Champions League whatever the result against Thomas Tuchel’s side as Copenhagen defeated Galatasaray 1-0 to finish second in the group. The Red Devils’ failure to win does, however, mean that they miss out on the chance to drop down into the Europa League, with third-place Galatasaray progressing to the knockout stage play-offs of the competition.

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